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A Film Unfinished [2011] [Region 0]

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  • In 1942, more than two years after Nazi troops herded Poland's Jews into a ghetto in Warsaw, where they were to be held until they were sent to extermination camps, a handful of cameramen were sent into the ghetto to shoot material that was intended for a German propaganda film. The images they captured ran the gamut from blas scenes of day-to-day life to horrific moments of death and despair. The film was never completed, but after the war, the unedited footage, running roughly an hour, was discovered in a German archive. Yael Hersonski's documentary SHTIKAT HAARCHION (aka A FILM UNFINISHED) presents the surviving footage of the Warsaw ghetto in full for the first time; along with the archival images, Hersonski includes interviews with five survivors of the ghetto, who talk about what was captured on film and their lives under the Nazis, as well as a member of the camera crew who offers a perspective on the original intended slant of the film (which was, at least in part, meant to reveal the class differences between Jews of different economic status). A FILM UNFINISHED received its world premiere at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Critic Reviews
    "Hersonski quietly and insistently unravels reality from 'reality'; her commitment to archival authenticity is its own tribute to those no longer able to testify." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Just when we thought there were no new twists to the story of the Warsaw Ghetto comes this documentary: focused, sorrowful and revelatory."
    Box Office

    "A FILM UNFINISHES is affecting as a rare document of a terrible place and time, and those who lied there." -- Grade: B
    A.V. Club

    "In A FILM UNFINISHED, the Israeli director Yael Hersonski embarks on a critical analysis of DAS GHETTO that is remarkable as much for its speculative restraint as for its philosophical reach."
    New York Times

    "Explored within the A FILM UNFINISHED's intricately wrought framework are both the pliability of the image itself and the infinite spectrum of subjectivity and meaning."

    3 stars out of 4 -- "The film doesn't hit you over the head, but in its own way, it is quietly devastating."
    Washington Post

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